Italian Heraldry

Este Family Arms 1049-1598 AD The family of Este was said to descend from Sigibert, who was of Longobard origin and ruled over Lucca, Parma and Reggio around 904. They received the fief of Este from Otto I around 1049. Modena was ruled by the Este family since 1288, and they bore Azure an eagle … More Italian Heraldry

Life Imitates Myth – The Renaissance Cortesan

Abstract: During the Italian Renaissance, mythology and art contributed to the increasing popularity of the cortigiana, or courtesan. The Cinquecento, or 1500s, in Italy coincided with the rise of a very unique category of elite prostitute called “honest” or “honored” (onesta or onorata) courtesan in recognition of their elevated social position and special talents. The … More Life Imitates Myth – The Renaissance Cortesan

Word of the Day – Grotesque (Italian Origin)

  So, the word for the day at, is grotesque. It comes from Italian Renaissance: During the Italian Renaissance, Romans of culture took a great interest in their country’s past and began excavating ancient buildings. During their excavations, they uncovered chambers (known in Italian as “grotte,” in reference to their cavelike appearance) decorated with artwork … More Word of the Day – Grotesque (Italian Origin)

Unum Lumen

  “Sufficit unum lumen in tenebris” is a motto that was suggested to the Duchess of Parma, Isabella d’Este. She took it as her personal impresa in 1525. Meaning ‘single a light suffices against the darkness’, it referred to her isolation in Mantua. Isabella would have known that phrase as it appears in John 1:5 as … More Unum Lumen